Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Trial information-sharing index for children

Education Minister Lord Adonis has announced a series of pilot schemes to test the proposed child information sharing index. He said the results of the trials would inform the design of the huge information system on children proposed under the Children Act. I hope he doesn't mean inform as in the way the ID card trials informed developments on the ID card system. Only ID card anoraks will probably remember how the government set up an ID card trial (a good idea), delayed the start for months due to technical problems, promised they would ensure the full trial would still take place, terminated it early, discovered the technology was ridiculously unreliable, and announced the whole thing was a roaring success, since a majority of the people taking part said they didn't mind the registration process too much.

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